Community connections, August edition

Employees continue to donate their time and talents to their communities. Here are a few of the people who are making a difference.

08-08-14 Community Connections 4Growing healthy habits
The Onalaska School District’s Edible Schoolyard project aims to teach children about the science of gardening, nutrition, and the benefits of a well-balanced diet. To help the school district accomplish their goal, TDS Telecom provided a $250 Home Depot gift card. According to one of the programs administrators, the money will be used to help expand the program.

08-08-14 Community Connections 1Wisconsin Public Television auction
TDS Telecom employees and their families showed their support for Wisconsin Public Television by volunteering during this year’s auction. Senior Network Specialist Andrew Koch helps organize the volunteers and says this year’s auction was a great success! For more pictures from this year’s auction you can click here.

Pop tops for Ronald McDonald House Charities
For more than a decade the LeRoy T. Carlson Pioneer Club’s Community Outreach Program has been collecting pop tops for Ronald McDonald House Charities. During that time, TDS has raised almost $11,000! According to TDS’ director of Finance Deb Juneau the pop tops are made of a high quality aluminum that’s more valuable by weight than the can itself.

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There are Ronald McDonald Houses all over the country looking for this kind of help. If you’re interested in getting your office involved, contact Ronald McDonald House Charities. They will gladly send you a collection box in the mail.

The old ball game
Baja Broadband, our sister cable company, system technician TJ may have found himself a new career as a pitcher for the White Sands Pupfish.

Back in July, Baja, which sponsors the Pupfish, sent TJ to the mound to throw out the first pitch for Alamogordo’s only professional sports team.

We’re not sure, but TJ’s pitch may have been the inspiration the Pupfish needed to take down the Roswell Invaders. The Pupfish won the game thanks to a two run, walk-off homerun. ​

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About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. G+.
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